ADAMSON rebounded from back-to-back overtime losses to gain a share of first place, while La Salle solidified its hold of the No. 4 spot yesterday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
An aggressive Falcons side raced to a 25-point lead before coasting to a 69-58 win over National University to get back on track.
Encho Serrano and Andrei Caracut combined for 34 points as the Green Archers posted their second wire-to-wire victory of the season, a 79-59 rout of last-placer University of the East.
With its sixth victory in eight outings, Adamson tied defending champion Ateneo for the league’s best record.
La Salle joined idle Far Eastern University at 5-3, a full game ahead of the fifth-running University of the East in the race for the last semifinal berth.
“Going to this game, I told them, with the situation right now in the standings, every win counts,” said coach Louie Gonzalez after the Archers won over the team that they supposed to beat— the Red Warriors.
“Siyempre, we respect UE. Kahit sino ’yung kalaban namin, if we can, we need to put into work. Heto, napakalaking panalo ito sa amin especially with the schedule,” he added.
The overtime defeat suffered from the hands of the Tamaraws and the Archers made the Falcons stronger.
“The two games that we lost, the way I look at it is a minor bump along the way. We will still continue our journey. It’s a slight bump,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren.
“We are still good. We just have to play consistent basketball,” he added.
The Falcons took a 42-17 lead in the first half and weathered a Bulldogs’ second half fightback behind Sean Manganti and Jerrick Ahanmisi to put the game beyond recall.
In the women’s division, Valerie Mamaril scored the game-winning lay-up as FEU rallied from 17 points down to beat Ateneo, 73-71, and seize solo second at 6-2, while Anna Requiron had 22 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks as UE stunned La Salle, 86-69, for its only second win of the season.
DLSU (79) – Serrano 18, Caracut 16, Santillan 13, Baltazar 12, Melecio 8, Montalbo 3, Manuel 3, Bates 2, Dyke 2, Corteza 2, Go 0, Capacio 0.
UE (59) – Pasaol 22, Conner 12, Varilla 7, Bartolome 6, Cullar 3, Antiporda 3, Manalang 2, Acuno 2, Sobrevega 2, Guion 0, Gagate 0, Beltran 0, Lacap 0, Strait 0.
Quarterscores: 21-16, 47-36, 66-49, 79-59
AdU (69) – Ahanmisi 21, Sarr 16, Manganti 11, Espeleta 8, Lastimosa 5, Magbuhos V. 4, Camacho 2, Mojica 2, Pingoy 0, Catapusan 0, Zaldivar 0, Colonia 0, Macion 0.
NU (58) – Ildefonso D. 21, Gaye 8, Diputado 6, Clemente 5, Ildefonso S. 5, Yu 3, Rike 2, Joson 2, Sinclair 2, Malonzo 2, Gallego 2, Aquino 0, Morido 0, Galinato 0, Tibayan 0.
Quarterscores: 27-11, 42-23, 54-45, 69-58